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Rehearsing Jewels

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Time Out NY offers its features online several weeks after publication. A month ago Gia Kourlas wrote about the Kirov's rehearsals for its recent performances of Balanchine's Jewels.

"For the Kirov to add the ballet to its repertoire, the George Balanchine Trust, which oversees all productions by the late choreographer, chose four former NYCB dancers—Elyse Borne, Sean Lavery, Sara Leland and Karin von Aroldingen—to stage it in St. Petersburg. Perhaps that's why the director of the Ballet Company of the Mariinsky Theatre, Makhar Vaziev, doesn't find it intimidating to have the Kirov perform Jewels in NYCB's backyard. "We did not aim to copy the performing style of the New York City Ballet," he says. "This, in any case, is impossible. Our task was to reproduce George Balanchine's choreographic text as precisely as possible, though the intonation with which we pronounce this text will, naturally, be our own."

Time Out New York

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